The Tánaiste has welcomed the enactment of the Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016. The Act provides fathers with two weeks of paternity leave and two weeks of paternity benefit, for babies born on or after 1 September 2016. This is a significant piece of legislation which recognises the key role that fathers play in the life of newborn babies and young children.

The Act can be accessed on the Oireachtas website.

Details on how to apply for Paternity Benefit are available on the Department of Social Protection's website.